PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A woman has been charged with stealing nearly $5,000 from a Girl Scout troop in the North Hills.
According to police, 44-year-old Teresa Gatto, turned herself into authorities on Wednesday.
Gatto allegedly took the money from a bank account she had control over, which was set up to fund the West Perry All Camp summer camp for the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
When questioned about the status of the account or bank statements, Gatto would allegedly make excuses for why she didn’t have the statements or would become irate with those asking the questions.
Gatto was in charge of the account from 2008-11.
In 2012, two other members of the group went to the bank and asked for a current statement, which revealed that only #38.67 was left in the account. After obtaining previous bank statements, they discovered that Gatto had been making checks payable to cash in her name.
One such check was for $500 and the memo line was filled out as “yogurt.”
When interviewed by police, Gatto said that she would make purchases throughout the year for various camp supplies.
After search warrants were obtained for Gatto’s personal bank account as well as the WPAC account, police found several checks that did not appear to benefit the summer camp.
It was determined that a total of $4,818.41 were used for Gatto’s personal benefit.
Gatto turned herself into police today, but was released on unsecured bond.
She will appear in court for a hearing on Aug. 14.